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Raspberry red velvet cake

Ingredients (Serves 10-12):

160g (5¾oz) unsalted butter, softened

280g (10oz) caster sugar

3 large eggs

280g (10oz) self-raising flour

75g (2¾oz) cocoa powder

125ml (4fl oz) buttermilk

1tsp white wine vinegar

¼tsp red gel food coloring

75g (2¾oz) raspberries, puréed and sieved

75g (2¾oz) full-fat cream cheese

Raspberry red velvet cake

Raspberry red velvet cake

For the frosting:

100g (3½oz) butter, softened

200g (7oz) icing sugar

50g (1¾oz) full-fat cream cheese

150g (5½oz) raspberries


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/ gas 4 and grease 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins, then line them with baking parchment. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer, or using an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a separate bowl, add half to the cake batter and gently fold in using a large metal spoon or rubber spatula. Mix together the buttermilk, vinegar, food coloring, raspberry purée and cream cheese.

Add half of this mixture to the batter and gently fold in. Repeat the process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients until combined. Divide the batter between the prepared sandwich tins and level with a palette knife. Cook on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Leave Raspberry red velvet cake the cakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, cream together the butter and icing sugar in a freestanding mixer or with a hand-held electric whisk, until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream cheese until the mix is smooth and creamy. Spread half the frosting on the first cake, then sprinkle with the raspberries and top with the remaining cake. Spread over the rest of the frosting and smooth with a palette knife. Decorate with shavings of red velvet sponge cake or chocolate, if liked.


Caramelized pear upside-down cake


• 75 g (2¾ oz) butter

• 125 g (4½ oz) brown sugar

• 4 pears, about 375 g (13 oz)

• 150 g (5½ oz) plain flour

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• ½ tsp salt l 175 g (6 oz) caster sugar

• 4 eggs

• 100 ml (3½ fl oz) sunflower oil

• 1 tsp finely grated orange zest

Caramelized pear upside-down cake

Caramelized pear upside-down cake


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Melt the butter in a 26 cm (10½ in) diameter ovenproof frying pan over a low heat, then sprinkle over the brown sugar.

Grate one pear, including the skin (avoiding the pips and core), and set aside. Peel and core the remaining three pears, slice into quarters and arrange in a spiral pattern in the bottom of the pan, cut side down. Sift the flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and mix in the caster sugar.

Whisk the eggs, sunflower oil, orange zest and grated pear, then add to the dry ingredients, whisking to combine. Pour the batter into the frying pan, then bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then place a plate on top and carefully turn the cake upside down and out onto the plate. Serve warm.